CNA Program

CNA Programs

Session 25 Graduates

You can have a good job in 2 months! Inquire about our 10-week course that teaches medical terminology, math, classroom and skills training as well as clinical experience. The course begins and ends with employability skill development. The course is offered approximately four times a year. Class is available only in West Chester. Contact Izabella or Gina at 610-692-2344 for details and registration or PACareerLink(R)-Chester County located in Coatesville at 610-384-9393 for information regarding eligibility and funding.

For information about recent program events, please click here to read the latest edition of Outlooks in Caring (Issue 4), a newsletter for graduates of our CNA Program. It includes current events, pictures of our recent grads, and information on job openings in the West Chester area.

What is a CNA?

A nurse aide (NA) (sometimes called a direct care worker, nursing assistant or care manager) is a very caring person who provides dignified care and assistance to residents/patients/clients to keep them comfortable, safe, and as healthy as they can be. These aides always work under the supervision of a licensed nurse. They can work in nursing homes, hospitals or provide personal care in the home.  This is a physically demanding job.

Nurse Aides perform all types of personal care for individuals who cannot take care of their own physical needs, and they must understand the aging process. They must have good verbal skills to communicate between the resident and other members of the health care team. They must be sensitive to the needs of the aging population.

Nurse Aides provide personal care, such as feeding, bathing, and assisting patients with personal grooming and hair care. Nurse aides also promote independence and self-care for the elderly. Duties do not include giving medications or injections. The nurse aide is the front line of care giving to long-term care residents. The nurse aide spends more time with the resident/patient/client than other care team member. Observation of the resident’s condition as well as any changes is a vital role in the nursing assistant’s daily activities.

Purpose of the course

The purpose of this course is to provide the long-term care nurse aide student with a basic level of knowledge and skills needed to care for an elderly resident/client as set forth by the profession of nursing and regulated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the course, the nurse aide graduates are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam.

Course Content

The Chester County OIC Nurse Aide Training Program is a 128-hour intense training opportunity for those who wish to become certified nurse aides.  Some of the topics covered are:   Role and function of a nurse aide, nursing theory, infection control, vital signs, personal hygiene, nutrition, resident rights, restorative care, psychosocial needs and resident rights.  The training program also includes an additional135 hours of Work Readiness Skills Training, CPR instruction, Customer Service for Healthcare and Literacy Enrichment, along with 30 hours of pre-NNAAP exam practice. The training program partners with Barclay Friends Nursing Home and Pembrooke Health and Rehabilitation Center for the clinical experience training portion.  CCOIC is an American Red Cross approved testing facility and our program graduates take their certification exam at our training location in West Chester. All of our instructors are professional and caring.  Our licensed nursing staff is approved by the state and have years of long term care experience. CCOIC’s Nurse Aide Training Program is accredited by the PA Department of Education.

Employment outlook and salary range
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for USA – Employment of nurse aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nurse aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Median salary $ 29,184 for nurse aides in a long term care facility setting  in Chester County
Median salary $24,464 for nurse aides in other healthcare settings  in Chester County
(Per– April, 2013)

Leslie Day and Sade Davis at Graduation